Rantoul, ex-official OK separation agreement
RANTOUL — Former Rantoul village administrator Bruce Sandahl will receive $78,598 — one half of his annual salary — as part of his employment separation agreement and release with the village.
In addition, the village will continue to pay Sandahl's life insurance benefits as well as his medical, dental and vision insurance premiums through Oct. 31 and his unused vacation and personal days accumulated through April 30.
Sandahl's employment contract called for him to receive six months pay if he was fired without cause.
Mayor Chuck Smith terminated Sandahl's contract Feb. 28. He did not give a reason.
The village board approved the separation agreement and release with Sandahl April 8, after which Smith signed it. Sandahl signed the agreement March 24.
The separation agreement calls for Sandahl to "serve in a consulting capacity" with the village and "meet with the village president, village attorney and department heads of the village upon request to discuss any matter in which (Sandahl) was involved in connection with his duties (as village administrator)."
Smith said Sandahl has been called upon once since his termination. Comptroller Scot Brandon contacted him regarding a new fixed-base operator at Rantoul National Aviation Center. "It was just to clear up a point about negotiations," Smith said.
As a result of the Sandahl separation agreement, both sides waived the right to sue one another.
More terms of the deal:
— It requires that the village refer all future inquiries from any prospective employer of Sandahl to the mayor, "who shall provide only such other neutral information as the beginning and ending dates of employment, position of title and compensation."
— It requires the mayor to provide a letter of reference in a form agreed upon by Sandahl and the mayor, if requested by Sandahl.
— It calls for Smith and Sandahl not to engage in any conduct or communication "designed to disparage or comment negatively about the other in connection with (Sandahl's employment)."
— It calls for the agreement to be enforceable in court and says that any breach of the agreement will constitute a forfeiture of all compensation and benefits.
Meanwhile, the village has begun the process of seeking a new administrator. Thursday was the final day applications for the job were accepted.
A special meeting of the village board was scheduled for today to discuss what the board will look for in a new administrator.
Smith said he hopes to keep the selection process "as open as we possibly can."
Dave Hinton is editor of the Rantoul Press, a News-Gazette community newspaper. For more, go to rantoulpress.com.